This pristine park near Esperance is known for the famous Lucky Bay and its sunbaking kangaroos, along with its stunning scenery and idyllic beaches where you can go swimming, bushwalking, fishing and camping. The landscape changes from massive granite outcrops to freshwater pools and unbelievable white sandy beaches with views over many islands. Lucky Bay lives up to its name in plenty of ways - translucent water and sand like icing sugar, not to mention sunbaking kangaroos! Nearby, soak up the impressive turquoise ocean views of Hellfire Bay.
This secluded beach nestled between giant, granite rocks, boasts some of the most impressive turquoise ocean views in Western Australia. As this beach is a little less well known than nearby Lucky Bay, you may even be lucky enough to have the entire beach to yourself, making you feel like you’re on your own private island. The Recherche Archipelago sits in the distance, with the silhouettes of islands popping up through the ocean. This scenic bay is a perfect spot to swim in calm conditions followed by a picnic on the sand, with barbecue facilities at hand. Or, you might like to explore further afield to Wharton’s Beach (Duke of Orleans) or Condingup.
Adventure-seekers should hike up Frenchman Peak, a climb that is like the trajectory of a firework – short, steep and definitely memorable. It takes just 40 minutes to reach the top of this local icon (though you may take longer if you stop to enjoy the views en route), but it’s no casual stroll. Follow the markers as you curve around the east side of the mountain; the walking path presently turns into something more like a scramble as you navigate the rocky incline on approach to the summit. Arrive to spectacular views stretching over the park, along the coastline and out to the islands at sea; a bonus vantage point, framed by the mouth of a cave-like rock formation, is on offer when you retrace your steps back down the mountain. Just make sure you’re wearing appropriate footwear!